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{a day in the life} Thyme in Our Kitchen

Sorry my “a day in the life” is a day late this week! I was busy getting the site up and running yesterday, I am officially (finally) rachelcooks.com. Hooray!

The blogger we are “stalking” today is….Matt from Thyme in our Kitchen!

Matt is a fellow charter member of Virtual Potluck and is a fantastic cook–always coming up with something fun and creative. Enjoy learning more about Matt!


Tell me about yourself and how you started food blogging.

I started blogging back in 2010 as a way to track all the things that I was cooking and share them with friends and family. I really enjoy cooking and eating great food and I try to share all the fun things I’m experimenting with on my blog. I really don’t have a typical type of food that I make and I jump between cooking and baking, savory and sweet quite a lot.

What does a typical day look like for you?

As much as I would love to have more of my life focused on food related things, unfortunately I have a very un-food related job, so I do as much as I can to get some cooking done a few nights a week and then on weekends. Here’s a typical week day:

6:00 Wake up and get ready for work

6:30 Jump on the express bus to Downtown Minneapolis

7:15 Get to my workplace, Thrivent Financial. I work here as a Business Risk Manager. My job focuses on managing risk within our organization and reviewing projects to make sure they are effectively mitigating risks.

11:30 Lunch. Typically I bring a lunch from home, nothing fancy and yes, even frozen a lot of the time. However, during the summer months I love to hit the streets and visit our local food truck scene. We’ve got some great trucks here and I’ve gotten to know a lot of the owners and I enjoy trying all the great things they cook up.

4:30 Jump on the bus and head home.

5:15 Get home and then head out for a quick workout

7:00 A couple nights a week my wife teaches aerobics classes so she’ll be off with the kids there. She usually feeds the kids before her class but she doesn’t usually eat until she gets home after. This is usually my time to experiment and make some things that are fun for us to eat but the kids might not enjoy as much

8:30 Wife gets home and we enjoy a late meal together.

9:00 Sit on the couch with my lap top and watch a few shows while uploading pictures and writing a blog post. Try to catch up on twitter, FB and reading a few blogs.

10:30 Head to bed!

What is your one must-have kitchen tool or gadget?

I love my Potato Ricer. I just got it a few months ago and my wife thinks it’s funny that I get so excited each time I use it. Makes the best mashed potatoes!

What is the most important part of your day? Why?

I love when I walk in the door after work and all my kids run to see me. Nothing beats those hugs from family.

If you could choose one room in your house to remodel (on an unlimited budget!) which room would it be and why? 

We love our home but our kitchen is getting dated and it has the worst lighting ever. I would love to redo the kitchen and make it all blogger friendly. Good lighting, double ovens, all the right gadgets and appliances.

What is your favorite day of the week? Why?

Saturday. It’s the only day that I have a possibility of sleeping in. Not that it ever happens, but it’s a possibility. It’s also the day I have more time to cook and not have to rush through it.

If you had to choose one place to travel to every year over and over again, where would it be? Why?

Probably Italy or France. Somewhere I could go every year and take some cooking classes and eat some amazing food. My life revolves around thinking about food and my next meal. Can you tell?

What is your favorite cookbook?

One of my favorites is Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Baking. I’ve had it for so long and it taught me a lot of the skills I have today. I also love that once I found an error in it and called them up. They sent me a revised edition so now I have two of them. I still use both.

What recipe on your blog are you most proud of?

I’d have to say my Chocolate Torte with Chocolate Ribbons. It takes a lot of time but it always impresses the crowd. I’ve made it about 8 times now in the last two years.

What recipe on your blog do your readers seem to love most?

My torte is the most popular but people also love the Macaron and Whoopie Pie post I did a year or so ago. I get lots of Google searches from that one.

What have you learned since you began blogging?

I have learned so much I don’t even know where to start. The most fun things I’ve learned about is photography. I still have a long ways to go but I really like taking pictures of food and trying to capture them and make it look amazing. I actually don’t edit any of my photos so I take a million pictures of each dish to try and capture the perfect image. I have more pictures of food on my computer than I do of my kids…

What have you found to be the most challenging part of blogging?

Finding a voice and being consistent. Since I just cook whatever I’m in the mood for, I have to balance that with what I think people will want to read and finding new and interesting things to make.

Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in cooking or food blogging?

Unless you’re doing it professionally, don’t worry about trying to post too often. Just enjoy it and don’t get all stressed out. Otherwise, you’ll burn out and not even want to do it any more.


Thanks for letting us get a peek of your life, Matt! 

You can find more of Matt here: FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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25 Responses to “{a day in the life} Thyme in Our Kitchen”

  1. Jamie — April 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Yay! Congrats on getting the site up and running. It looks fantastic! Love this series. It’s great “meeting” new bloggers.

    • Rachel — April 18th, 2012 @ 9:12 am

      Thanks Jamie! It is a huge weight off my shoulders to finally have the new URL!

  2. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 18, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Site looks great! You can see all of the hard work you’ve put into it!

    Matt is so smart and talented, nice to get a peek into his day!

    • Rachel — April 18th, 2012 @ 9:55 am

      Thanks Miss! I had fun learning more about Matt.

  3. Cassie — April 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

    The new site looks awesome, Rachel!

    • Rachel — April 18th, 2012 @ 9:55 am

      Thanks Cassie!

  4. Bree — April 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

    ‘Love these interviews and I am so impressed that this guy works full time in finance and then makes a fabulous cake like that–wow!

    • Rachel — April 18th, 2012 @ 9:53 am

      I know, right? So impressive.

  5. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 18, 2012 at 9:48 am

    The site looks awesome! And I love this series…it makes me feel justified in my stalkerish desires to know everything about blog “friends” hehe 🙂

    • Rachel — April 18th, 2012 @ 9:53 am

      Thank you! (And I’m the same way–I love reading these when they come in my inbox!)

  6. stephen weber — April 18, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Very well done! Matt is our third son, of six boys. You have a great ability to capture the inner workings of an individual by asking the right questions. We are all “foodies” in the family so it is nice to see so many of your followers are enjoying the bounteous harvest. Have a great day,

    Stephen Weber
    LDS Chaplain at Yale University

    • Rachel — April 18th, 2012 @ 10:01 am

      Six boys, wow! We’re all quite fond of Matt, so it was fun to get to know more about him. Thank you for the sweet comment. Have a wonderful day!

  7. Matt~ Thyme In Our Kitchen — April 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Rachel, Love the site and the new series. Thanks for highlighting me and my “exciting” life. Can’t wait to read about others too!

  8. Tara | FOODIE — April 18, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Great post! It’s cool to get a chance to learn more about my food blogger buddies. I’m impressed with his schedule! I don’t think I’ve ever been able to write a blog post in an hour. Seriously… it always takes me forever because of all the pics, links, and just my tweaking. haha I also can’t agree more with Matt’s advice for those that want to try food blogging. Do it for you… your audience will come.

  9. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — April 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

    What a great post. Matt – you rock! I love that torte. That’s a sight to see (and eat). Love the new site Rach!!


  10. Nutmeg Nanny — April 18, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I’m with Gina on this one. I love to finding out more about bloggers… 🙂

    Of course the site looks amazing. I’m so glad you finally took the plunge and got it up and running 🙂

  11. diabeticFoodie — April 18, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Site looks great, Rachel! Also loved learning more about VP teammate Matt!

  12. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 18, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I Know you are so excited about your site transition! It looks great.
    Wonderful introduction to Matt. 🙂

    • Rachel — April 18th, 2012 @ 12:06 pm

      Thanks Sommer–I am a little excited 🙂

  13. Jackie @ Domestic Fits — April 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Great article! I love to read about other people who have an obsession with food & writing but just can’t quite the day job just yet. His life sounds so similar to mine. Thank you for this!

  14. Susan 30A EATS — April 18, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Really looking terrific Rachel! Love the Blogger Profiles, and Matt’s torte!

  15. Jennifer | Mother Thyme — April 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    What a great feature today; very inspirational! That Chocolate Torte is amazing and so are those Macaron and Whoopie Pies! I love how he mentions that he has more pictures of food on his computer than his kids; I am the same way too, lol! 🙂

  16. Jenny — April 19, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Loved reading this – I’m on a Minneapolis kick – The Mary Tyler Moore Show is running on Hallmark – and the last week – I’ve been sick – and I’ve had MTM marathons! Will check out Matt’s blog — I visited it briefly this week and will go back!

  17. Deborah — April 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

    This is a new to me blogger – heading over to check out his blog!

  18. Miriam @ Overtimecook — April 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this! I am loving this series! I’ve never seen Matt’s blog before, and I’m excited to check it out.
    Matt- love your advice. My schedule is similar to yours, so I definitely relate to the challenges of being a food blogger with a full time, non-food job.

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